Christmas whiskey

A Selection of Christmas Whiskeys

It’s hard to imagine in the winter holiday season without the smooth goodness of these single-malt treats. Even today, most single malts are not that prevalent on the market but this is starting to change. One of the best-selling blends in the world is Dewar’s White Label. It relies on a combination of more than 40 single malts along with grain whisky. Among those 40-plus are five owned by John Dewar & Sons. One of those, Aberfeldy, has ever been widely available as a single malt. All five have just been released as single malts, each getting its turn in the spotlight.

Another first placeholder is Craigellachie, currently available in 13- and 23-year-old expressions (priced at $55 and $280, respectively), is an interesting offer. It’s been around since the 1890s (although it’s been used almost exclusively in blends until now), and it continues to be made the same way. It’s one of the only whiskies that malts (cooks). Connoisseurs are treated to a tangy, fruity, slightly sulphuric flavour that has been described by many as “meaty.” Both expressions are unlike anything else on the market.

The Woodford Reserve Brandy Cask Finish is an atypical whiskey (priced at $100)—it cannot legally be called bourbon but it contains various elements that influence a bourbon’s character. Although it starts out as a fully mature Woodford Reserve bourbon it is then finished for almost two years in brandy casks. The result is a smooth bouquet of apple pie, crisp caramel, and dried fruit, all wrapped in a delicate veil of vanilla and maple.

50th Anniversary

Christie’s Wine Department Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Auction

Half a century after it came to be, Christie’s wine department is commemorating the memorable occasion with an exclusive event – Finest Wines and Spirits: The 50th Anniversary Sale. Taking place at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on December 9, the wine auction highlights a number of covetable vintages that make the brand so well-known amongst connoisseurs. One of the most-anticipated offers is the Rémy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl, a luxurious blend created from eaux-de-vies and aged for up to a century in a Limousin oak barrel known as a tierçon. Sheathed in a hand-blown Baccarat crystal decanter, the one-of-a-kind champagne can reach a price of $65,000 per bottle – well worth its palatable and smooth taste.

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Another anticipated item is the Blade and Bow Single Barrel 24-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The rare bourbon collection consists of 34 bottles with one empty whiskey barrel per lot, and is estimated to sell for between $24,000 and $35,000. The liquor line includes Château Cheval-Blanc 1982 (prices between $6,500 and $8,500), the Macallan 50-Year-Old Anniversary Malt 1928 (priced at $35,000 to $45,000), and the Petrus 1990 (at $30,000 to $40,000).

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Whiskey aficionados will appreciate these one-of-a-kind collectable pieces that make bourbon history Distilled and aged by some of the most sought after brands in the world, these rare blends are in a class of their own when it comes to texture, taste and quality. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization.

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5 best whiskies for every whisky lover

The high-end world of fine dining is excitedly looking forward to a host of new releases from Scotland to Seattle in the form of spicy or sweet, smoky or fruity rich whiskey blends. Connoisseurs will be thrilled with the 5 best whiskies this fall.

1. Ardbeg Twenty One Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

Ardbeg Twenty One Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

Ardbeg Twenty One (at $500 per bottle) is a nod to simpler times. Distilled in 1993 and ’94, it is entirely aged in former bourbon barrels. The flavour is bursting with vanilla and tropical fruit notes (coconut, banana, hints of mango, and pineapple), along with buttery biscuit undertone. All of that is beautifully balanced with peat and smoke, cementing the status of this whiskey as one of Islay’s most historic treasures.

2. 2016 Old Forester 15th Anniversary Birthday Bourbon

2016 Old Forester 15th Anniversary Birthday Bourbon

Barrelled on June 4, 2004, and bottled this year, this year’s edition is one of the better bourbons in this (mostly) distinguished series. With rich, sweet, and just a touch bitter, it is full of caramel and candied orange peel. A long and savoury experience -it will set you back $80 a bottle to enjoy the he oak and peppery spice start coming through, and the dry and sweet mingle on the finish.

3. Westland Distillery Garryana American Malt Whiskey

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As one of the pioneers of the burgeoning American malt whiskey scene, their latest release is limited to 2,500 bottles and is the first in what Westland is calling the “Native Oak Series”. Generous notes of honey, cherries, and dark chocolate complement wisps of smoke, before a long, tobacco-and-leather finish. The smooth blend is priced at $125 per bottle.

4. Lagavulin 25-Year-Old

Lagavulin 25-Year-Old

At $1,200 per bottle Lagavulin promises (and delivers) extremely smooth and pleasurable notes amplified and rounded out by the extra time in wood for its limited edition whiskey. The gentle finish will make novices shudder and aficionados sigh with delight.

5. Glencadam 25-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

Westland Distillery Garryana American Malt Whiskey

The limited-edition 25 Year Old (at $500 per bottle) is aged in ex-bourbon barrels, giving it an unsual sparkle for its age. Its pale gold colour and a sweet, floral nose blend beautifully with the supple and creamy taste with rich notes of vanilla, honey, and marzipan. This is the ultimate treat for any respectable whiskey fan.

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An exclusive jewelry selection from the World-Famous TEFAF Art Fair

The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) was founded in Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 1988 as an international annual assembly of top-tier collectors and vendors of jewelry, watches, and object sof art. On October 22, the five-day fair will take place in New York, marking its first foray outside Europe. 93 dealers will make an appearance and some of their announced creations are already drawing attention worldwide. Let’s take a look at the most awaited brands to showcase at the exclusive event.

Hemmerle

The fourth generation family-run jewellery house from Munch is known for its designs that resemble contemporary works of art, every bit wearable. Producing one-of-a-kind pieces, Hemmerle honours ancient techniques by adding a contemporary twist. The century-old jewellery business is taking jewelry to greater and newer heights with a myriad of new offerings.

Veronique Bamps

The antique-jewelry expert with a firm in Monaco, will be exhibiting a delicate design once owned by Princess Irene of Greece. This detailed 16-inch-long gold-chain choker necklace is accentuated with 24 delicate diamond clusters in the garland style (popular in early 1900s). Price for the piece is available on request.

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Primavera Gallery

New York’s Primavera Gallery will display a one-of-a-kind platinum-and-diamond Art Deco–style brooch made by Tiffany & Co. in 1837. A popular item at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900–Present, Part II exhibition, the dazzling piece is an unusual foray into the Art Deco design realm for the brand, which is known for its elaborate Art Nouveau styles.

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S.J. Shrubsole

New York-based S.J. Shrubsole will exhibit these Columbian emerald pendant earrings, which date back to the 1850s. Each 18-karat-gold earring is centred on smaller 0.4-carat emeralds at the base and a larger 2-carat cushion-shaped emerald at the bottom; a total of 52 diamonds surround the earrings’ emeralds. Asking price for the earrings is $125,000.

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Premium Napa Cabernets

Premium Napa Cabernets

The summer is nearing its end and the renowned sommelier Erik Johnson has decided to mark the end of the season with his favourite picks at this year’s most note-worthy Napa cabernets for the wine cellar of the French Laundry in Napa Valley as part of the restaurant’s extensive renovation (due to be completed this fall). Over 1,000 wines were added to a list that he subsequently dwindled to roughly 1,500 and deepened the focus on the sun-soaked Napa Valley. His most exciting discoveries include:

1. Larkmead Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo

Larkmead Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. OlmoRetailing at $175 per bottle, the Larkmead Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Olmo is named after Dr. Harold P. Olmo and will be out for consumer use in October.  It is an intense wine, courtesy of the gravel soil and the special blend of older vines (15+ years) with a classic, fresh style, elevated aroma profile and medium body with great structure.

2. Tusk Estates 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Tusk Estates 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Tusk Estates 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is due in September and will be sold for $450 per bottle of “one of the prettiest, silkiest, most amazing Cabernets,”. Fresh and juice, it blends in a charismatic way that is precise and intense while retaining its delicacy.

3. Realm Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

Realm Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

The Realm Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is quickly selling out despite its staggering price of $460. Its emblematic “elegant, floral” flavour blends perfectly with its minerality, complexity, excellent fruit definition, and good tannin structure.

4. Mayacamas Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder

Mayacamas Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder

The first release from the historic vinery since it was purchased by Charles Banks is the delectable Mayacamas Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder, estimated at $125, which will debut in the fall of 2017. It is an old-world style wine with crisp acidity and little oak.

Best hotels

The 5 Best City Hotels

Frequent travelers know how necessary it is to be able to find an urban haven in every city they visit. And when you’re a millionaire the task gets even more daunting as you need your privacy and there is a certain standard of living you’re used to. Let’s look at the five best city hotels that have it all.

1. Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Shangri-La Hotel

Paris is known for its exceptional hotels, but this one is one-of-a-kind with its artful combination of European grandeur and artful Asian style. The hotel features 101 rooms including 36 sprawling suites with private balconies that overlook the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. Rooms start at €1300/night.

2. Park Hyatt, Sydney

Park Hyatt Sydney

If you’re travelling Down Under, be sure to check in the Park Hyatt. Set in the historic Rocks neighbourhood, it is located right between two of Australia’s best-known landmarks—the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The 26-year-old hotel boasts panoramic views and exceptional service. Rooms start at $900/night.

3. Mandarin Oriental, New York

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As the name suggests, the style of the Mandarin Oriental blends austere urban aesthetics with Asian style. Guests can enjoy jaw-dropping Central Park views. The 244-room hotel in Columbus Circle even has its own private park on the 35th-floor Asiate—a power-lunch favourite. Rooms start at $650/night.

4. Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard, London

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Located on the southern bank of the Thames, this state-of-the-art hotel takes up floors 34 through 52 of the Shard, one of Europe’s tallest buildings. It exhibits the refined and elegant style the British are well known for and is famous for the impeccable service that wealthy people are accustomed to. Rooms start at £400/nigiht

5. Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

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Located in the tallest building in the city, right at the core of Roppongi, the capital’s entertainment, diplomatic, and design-related business hub. The hotel occupies the top nine floors of the 53-story Midtown Tower, offering 360-degree panoramic vistas of Tokyo Tower and Mount Fuji as well as the minimalistic Japanese style that people admire. Rooms start at $400/night.

Golf Cart

The custom Golf Cart You can Fly

Golf enthusiasts have another reason to look forward to another round of their favourite pastime – all thanks to Oakley and Bubba Watson—a two-time Masters champion and one of the top five golfers in the world. When the two aficionados joined creative forced with the team behind Martin Aircraft Company the end result was a spectacular golf cart hovercraft that can travel over fairways, greens, water and sand traps with equal ease. All for the humble price of $200,000.

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A recent upgrade saw the initial design improved by improving the capacity from hovering a few feet off the ground to flying up to a few thousand feet above it. This is the world’s first flying golf cart jet pack and although it may seem as something right out of a sci-fi movie – the BW-Air is quite real. It makes every golf game a true adventure, allowing its passenger to obtain a bird’s eye view of the golf course. This is a significant advantage, especially when planning a tough shot and it can very well be said that players who get to buy one of these will certainly have the upper hand in any game. There is plenty of carriage space to fit all golf clubs, sand bottles, and other equipment and transport it with ease.

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The BW-Air has a 210 hp engine, which allows it to climb to the spectacular 3,000 feet, and fly at up to 46 mph. It is expected that the jet pack receives FAA approval any moment now, after which golfers will be able to purchase the futuristic golf cart jet pack for a starting price of $200,000. Of course, to operate it – proper flight training and certification will be required.

Hotel du Palais in Biarritz

A hotel fit for a king

If it is fit for the discerning tastes of European royalty then it is good enough for millionaires as well. At least this is the popular opinion when it comes to the exclusive Hotel du Palais in Biarritz, used by none other than Napoleon III and his wife Eugenie de Montijo as a summer palace in 19th century.

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Described as ‘rich in memories, style and history’, the lavish retreat doesn’t come cheat and can cost up to £3,300 a night but it is well worth it. The five star seafront hotel is known for its signature style, which according to their website is ‘neither passe nor pompous but profoundly elegant, that makes the hotel such a jewel in a seaside resort smiled upon by fortune and fashion.

There are two restaurants a- La Villa  and La Rotonde – and their resident chef is Jean-Marie Gautier, who has a Michelin star. He has crafted a menu of contemporary, classic cuisine favouring seasonal ingredients and regional products in a wonderfully eclectic version of high-end dining. The SPA includes a 15-metre outdoor swimming pool, a sauna, Turkish bath and a solarium with gorgeous ocean views for complete peace and relaxation.

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One of the most spectacular features of the estate is the way it channels its grand heritage. The rooms are lavishly decorated with high ceilings and lots of plush furnishings to create a breezy, destination-appropriate vibe. The beautiful location right  on the beaches of Biarritz gives Hôtel du Palais panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, situating with within driving distance from the Spanish towns of San Sebastian and Bilbao.

With a total of 22 suites – A-list guests can enjoy plenty of privacy and have all of their wishes catered to by the 5-star staff. Close proximity to lavish boutiques is amongst the many benefits of the exclusive retreat.

The best Whiskeys

The best Whiskeys to Drink This Summer

There is nothing more enjoyable than a glass of sophisticated, barrel-proof bourbon to offset the palette after a savoury meat at a Michelin-starred restaurant. For a selection of the finest whiskeys to drink this summer, turn your eye to the list below:

1. Bruichladdich Octomore 7.4 Virgin Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The world’s most heavily peated whisk is the first release in the tenure of new head distiller Adam Hannett. Priced at $250 per bottle, it’s aged in virgin French oak and laid down as an experiment, which has proved incredibly successful. The final product is a layered whisky with citrus and honey notes complementing cinnamon and clove from the wood and, of course, an ashy barbecue undertaste of the peat.

Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky

2. Hillrock Estate Double Cask Rye PX Finish

Aged for 4 years in char barrels and eight weeks in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, the Hillrock Estate Double Cask Rye PX Finish the takes concepts of “artisanal” and “craft” to another level. With rye, barley and corn grown locally on the property of the distillery, the barley is malted in-house, producing an experimental whiskey bursting with ripe dark fruit with a drier sherry notes and strong undertones of cinnamon and allspice. It sells for $100 a bottle.

Hillrock Estate Double Cask Rye PX Finish

3. Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend

The first of a series of limited-edition whiskeys, the Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend is a lighter bourbon-style whisky aged in new charred American oak. The $60-dollar beverage boasts a wining combo of equal parts sweet/fruity (notably cherry) and spicy/grainy, smooth tones without going bland. It’s an excellent example of Canadian whisky and tradition.

Crown Royal Cornerstone Blend

4. Royal Brackla Aged 16 Years Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The $130 Royal Brackla Aged 16 Years Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is matured in oloroso-sherry casks; and bottled at a mild 80 proof. With a raisin, dark-cherry, and dried-apricot notes as well as cinnamon, toffee, and baking spices, the whiskey makes its presence known with a long, dry finish.

Royal Brackla Aged 16 Years Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Ritz-Carlton hotel

Inside the swanky Berlin hotel beloved by artists and A-listers

Berlin’s Ritz-Carlton hotel has long been a favourite for some of the most demanding celebrities and socialites. One look at the venue’s exemplary reputation, signature a ‘fragrance bar’, brasserie restaurant and a club lounge leaves no doubt as to why the 5-star hotel is preceded by its fame. With a concierge desk headed up by Thomas Munko, none other than the president of the German International Concierge Association, guests can expect royal treatments every minute of their stay.

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One of the more extravagant features of the hotel is, undoubtedly, the Ritz-Carlton Berlin’s Club Lounge available to guests staying on floors 10 and 11, which is effectively a mini-hotel inside the larger one. It offers bespoke opportunities for socialization away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi, which makes it very popular amongst celebrities and models.

Naturally, every 5-star hotel is accompanied by its own stylish restaurant and in this case this is the Ritz-Carlton’s Brasserie Desbrosses – known for serving high-end comfort food such as veal escalope, corn-fed chicken and tuna ceviche in a 1930s’ French brasserie environment that inspires class and a delightful bohemian feel.

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After enjoying a fine meal at the Ritz-Carlton’s restaurant, guests can take a dip in the basement’s in small but beautifully formed swimming pool, which is tiled and illuminated and features a whirlpool and sauna. There is also a state-of-the-art gym for those who are feeling particularly sporty.

A late night is definitely something to consider given the reputation of the unique Fragrances Bar, a dimly lit temple led Arnd Heissen – Mixology Bar Awards Mixologist of 2014 – who is famous for his sensational concoctions. Scented by exotic perfumes, the ambiance of this place is made all the more interesting given the exceptionally original way each drink is served.

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A plush Curtain Club and a more serene tea lounge are amongst the other alternatives available to guests. All bedrooms at the Ritz-Carlton are wonderfully elegant and luxurious with rates starting from £200 per person per night for the Grand Suite.